Another reason you can't get your Vicodin refilled
A deadly epidemic: Addiction to opioids has put an entire generation at risk
The grisly trend – fatalities from drug overdoses in Maine reached an all-time high
in 2016 – only seems to be getting worse, prompting one caregiver to lament:
‘Where is the outrage?’ This 10-part examination lays out the ramifications
of the crisis, mining answers from the human toll by telling the stories of those we’ve lost.
The number of opioid prescriptions has decreased in the past few years, after
more than a decade of explosive growth. This reflects new practice guidelines
underscoring opioids’ generally poor effectiveness at reducing chronic pain,
increased monitoring of prescribers by government and health-care
organizations, and widespread horror within and without
medicine over the epidemic of opioid-related deaths.
The Marine Corps has begun outreach to hundreds of thousands of veterans who
served at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, at least 30 days from August 1953 to December
1987, inviting them or surviving spouses to file for VA compensation
if veterans suffered one of eight ailments linked to water contamination on the base.
Shifting Opioid Policy At VA Is Sparking Unrest Among Veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is continuing to scale back opioid
prescriptions amid the national epidemic in an effort to curb addiction,
but the policy is sparking fear and anger among some veterans.
A $2.2 billion promise from the U.S. Department of Veterans
Affairs is just the beginning, according to members of Congress.
Once again, the big money goes for the fancy weapons, while the troops carry old rifles.
Prosecutors say Richard Klaffka told the Veterans Affairs that because of an injury
connected to his military service he was confined to a wheelchair, even though
he regularly engaged in extensive physical activities. To promote
the fraud, his wife pushed him in a wheelchair when at the VA hospital.
requests to Add Dependents
The day following a scathing report about ongoing problems at the veterans’ suicide
hotline, the Department of Veterans Affairs issued a statement late Tuesday
asserting the problems were fixed. “The Department of Veterans Affairs is
proud to announce that the challenges with the Veterans
Crisis Line have been resolved,” the statement reads.
* Can veterans sue the United States for medical malpractice?
* Is there a special process for suing the government?
* Where do you file a lawsuit?
* Isn't it impossible to win a lawsuit against the United States?
* Do I need a local lawyer to file a claim against my local VA or military
health care facility for malpractice?
* Do I need a lot of money to hire a firm such as RawlsMcNelis to bring
a medical malpractice claim against the United States?
Pit Registry for Veterans and Servicemembers
This is the first in a series of stories
bringing light to the dark side of the
VA’s treatment of some Veterans
applying for disability. Whether out
of frustration, desperation, anger, or
‘just to make it right” they contacted me, and together, we fought the injustice.
These are actual cases and claims.
I have changed names and identifying information for confidentiality reasons.
This came to my attention yesterday along with some comments about this
‘Modernization” from various from well-respected veterans advocates around the country:
“Why does this bring me more concern than comfort…”
“Isn’t anyone concerned that VA will lose data on old “closed cases”
by digitizing he old claims before someone re-opens the claims?”
So VA is apparently removing some 310,000 inactive
C-files for conversion to digital format.
Kind of strikes me that creates 310,000 opportunities for error to occur…
Jim: Another sad but true email--this one was waiting for me this morning.
I think it speaks volumes about the actual VA experience for many.
Hi Drew: You may not remember me but (redacted name of another veterans attorney) had
given me your name and we had spoken last year about applying for VA widow’s
benefits for my Mom. I just wanted to thank you for the information. Unfortunately by the
time they processed everything and finally approved her case and deposited the
first check this February, she had just passed away. However, I wanted to tell you that
we really appreciated your input - that VA site and the process is a hard thing to navigate.
With regards, XXXXXXXX
OK, take a look at this latest Proposed rule by VA. It would have VA acquisition regulations
mirror those of the Federal acquisition regulations (or in layman’s terms—follow the same
rules that the rest of the Federal government follows for procurement actions).
On its face it makes sense, right? But why isn’t that already the case? Shouldn’t
VA already be following the same procedures as the rest of the
government in terms of contracting and purchasing? Looks like
there was some unnecessary duplication of effort, perhaps, in the past.
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